Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real thing is more dreamlike than you could imagine. With canals where streets should be, water shimmers everywhere.
Venice preserves its captivating enticement, magical, romantic atmosphere, marvels of art and history and outstanding cuisine. Explore ancient churches and elegant palaces that hide secret gardens and precious art collections and reflect centuries of history in what was a wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Getting lost in the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of exploring Venice, but at some point you'll almost surely end up in Piazza San Marco where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif to watch the sun come down over the city’s pulsing heart.
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In Venice’s six districts, or sestieri, visit our favorites of Dorsoduro, San Marco, Castello, San Polo, the outer islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. Shop along the Mercerie or Frezzeria, the arty boutiques near Palazzo Grassi or the Accademia and the tiny artisan shops of Santa Croce, San Polo and Giudecca. From the city take a day excursion, perhaps a private boat to the islands of the lagoon - Murano, Burano and Torcello - or visit the private and "secret gardens" of Venice, nearby Verona and the Valpolicella wine region, Vicenza and Palladian villas along the Brenta River, and Padua.
The city has a large variety of museums to engage culture lovers. Among the best are Robert Browning’s home, the Ca'Rezzonico with its collection of 18th Century art, the Accademia highlighting painting from the 14th to 18th century, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection of modern art, Scuola Grande di San Rocco with its monumental Tintoretto paintings, Museo Correr featuring exhibits of the life of the Venetian Republic, Cà Pesaro for modern art, the Fortuny Museum and Palazzo Mocenigo for textiles and costumes, Casa Goldoni, birthplace of 18th century playwright Goldoni with its period costumes, a model theater, and marionettes, Cà d'Oro’s collection of Venetian and Flemish art, the Glass Museum on Murano and the Lace Museum on Burano, or if your timing is right, the Biennale exhibition every two years with avant-garde arts. If that isn’t enough to fill a week’s worth of a visit there are scores of churches and palaces like Santa Maria della Salute, Ducal Palace and Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark's Basilica, the Miracoli and San Zaccaria. Then there are the myriad of local venues like bacari, the informal, tiny bars where locals drink and eat traditional Venetian snacks, Rialto market, designer shops selling collectors' Carnevale Masks, Fortuny inspired velvet and silk accessories, handmade artistic marble paper and a multitude of galleries.
An old Italian saying describes the cooking of the Veneto as reduced to four basic elements - rice, beans, baccala (cod) and polenta! Venice is noted for its splendid fish market and its creative methods of fish cookery. Color is the predominant characteristic of the food of the Veneto and a stroll through the Rialto market will display arrays of red, green and yellow peppers, purple-black eggplants, ruby-colored radicchio, red and gray mullet, eels and sardines and quantities of scampi, crabs and oysters. The classic dishes of the Veneto will often combine the risottos and fish of the region with remarkable results as in Risi e Bisi (a beautiful springtime dish) served with scampi or Baccala mantecato (salt cod pounded to a creamy consistency). Another local Venetian specialty is fegato di vitello alla veneziana, fried liver and onions which bears little resemblance to the dish many of us were served as children. Lastly, the sea-faring Venetians brought coffee from the East and gave Italy espresso and cappuccino!
Gondola Repair Shop
Gondola Under Bridge
Canal in Burano
Saint Mark's Lion
Bridge of Sighs
Venetian Glass Work
Gondoliers Waiting for a Fare
Private Water Taxi
St Marks Basilica